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Soros-Backed Poynter Institute Tries to Censor Conservatives

At the end of April, the journalism institute that trains reporters and writers, the Poynter Institute, published a list of 515 “unreliable” websites including some 29 conservative news outlets like Breitbart, The Daily Signal, Judicial Watch, LifeSiteNews, Red State, The Blaze, and the Washington Examiner. The report was compiled by Barrett Golding, who, not surprisingly, works for the Southern Poverty Law Center.

Due to backlash from angry readers and the news organizations who felt like they didn’t belong on the list, the institute pulled the list off its website on May 2, apologized, and promised to revise the criteria for censorship with more rigorous methodology. Said Poynter Managing Editor Barbara Allen, “We regret that we failed to ensure that the data was rigorous before publication, and apologize for the confusion and agitation caused by its publication. We pledge to continue to hold ourselves to the highest standards.”

The apology is simply not good enough for The Daily Signal according to its Editor-in-Chief Katrina Trinko. “If you don’t like The Daily Signal because you don’t believe in free speech or you think conservatives should be silent or you just don’t want certain stories told or it makes you upset that we call unborn babies ‘babies’ instead of ‘fetuses,’ fine. It’s a free country. But to smear us as engaging in dishonest journalism is well … dishonest journalism. And that’s what just happened,” Trinko said.

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Conservative Groups Ask Media to Stop Backing Southern Poverty Law Center

The Family Research Council and the American Family Association in cooperation with SPLCexposed.com placed a half-page ad in The Wall Street Journal last week exposing the hypocrisy of the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) and challenging Amazon, CNN, MSNBC, PayPal, Spotify, and YouTube to stop using the SPLC as an authority on hate and extremism.

After exposing the organization as a “hate-for-cash machine” and then providing quotes from former employees damning the organization, the ad then challenged, “Will corporations and media outlets continue to align themselves with an organization that its own employees say is racist, bigoted, and rife with sexual misconduct and discrimination?”

AFA President Tim Wildmon wrote in a blog post for AFA’s The Stand, “The SPLC is the wellspring from which the American left draws to ‘prove’ that groups or people they disagree with politically are hateful. The people who write checks to the SPLC are the same people who believe that conservative Christians are what is wrong with America today.”

Twitter previously distanced itself from the SPLC’s exposed bigotry by removing it as a “safety partner” working to combat “hateful conduct and harassment” for the social media channel.

So far, there has not been a response from the media outlets referenced in The Wall Street Journal ad.

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Southern Poverty Law Center Comes Unhinged

The group responsible for calling pro-family groups like Alliance Defending Freedom and the Family Research Council “hate groups” is coming unhinged due to complaints of racism, sexual harassment, and possible money scams within the organization.

Southern Poverty Law Center President Richard Cohen resigned last Friday only nine days after the organization’s co-founder and chief counsel, Morris Dees, got fired. The resignations of SPLC’s legal director and deputy legal director have since followed. Plus, more than two dozen employees signed a letter to the SPLC board of directors alleging “mistreatment, sexual harassment, gender discrimination, and racism.”

For years SPLC has fueled Amazon’s and Google’s censorship of so-called “hate speech” and been the recipient of major donations from the likes of Apple and JPMorgan. But now cracks are forming in SPLC’s credibility.

In a scathing opinion piece for The New Yorker, Bob Moser, a former SPLC employee writes, “We were working with a group of dedicated and talented people, fighting all kinds of good fights, making life miserable for the bad guys. And yet, all the time, dark shadows hung over everything: the racial and gender disparities, the whispers about sexual harassment, the abuses that stemmed from the top-down management . . . We were part of the con, and we knew it.”

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Apple Bans Ministry App for Heralding Biblical Marriage

Apple removed an app from its app store that offers treatment for those with same-sex attraction because it deemed the app “homophobic.” Apparently, Apple was pressured to remove the app after the national gay rights group Truth Wins Out received a mere 365 signatures on its petition, calling the app “bigoted,” “hateful,” and “dangerous, homophobic garbage.”

Texas-based Living Hope Ministries, the Christian nonprofit that created the app, “proclaim(s) a Christ-centered, biblical world-view of sexual expression rooted in one man and one woman in a committed, monogamous, heterosexual marriage for life.”

The app, simply titled Living Hope Ministries, is still available for download on the Google Play store. It offers a selection of audio and video teachings, devotionals, and helps for family and friends.

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Facebook Censors Another Pro-Life Group

Marsha Blackburn isn’t the only one who has been censored for pro-life comments on social media recently. The Wexford/Missaukee Right to Life, an affiliate of Right to Life of Michigan, noticed in early October that its Facebook advertising account had been shut down without warning.

When the pro-life group confronted Facebook for an explanation, Facebook said in a statement,“There’s no further action you may take here. We don’t support ads for your business model.”

Earlier this year, Facebook blocked the Right to Life of Michigan advertising account and, according to the organization’s president, Barbara Listing, only reinstated it after the news media started covering the story. Other pro-life groups that have been censored this year on social media include Live Action and Susan B. Anthony List.

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